What is matter?

  • (noun): Written works (especially in books or magazines).
    Example: "He always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Matter

Matter is generally considered to be a substance (often a particle) that has rest mass and (usually) also volume. The volume is determined by the three-dimensional space it occupies, while the mass is defined by the usual ways that mass is measured (see the article on mass). Matter is also a general term for the substance of which all observable physical objects consist.

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Some articles on matter:

State - Science and Technology - Chemistry
... State of matter, solid, liquid or vapour phases of matter ... it describes the organization of matter in a phase Chemical state, the electronic, chemical and physical nature of an element ...
University Of Iowa Shootings - Popular Culture
... Her essay entitled, "The Fourth State of Matter," was originally published in The New Yorker ... Loosely based on Gang Lu's story, Chinese director Chen Shi-zheng made a feature film, Dark Matter, starring Liu Ye and Meryl Streep ... However, the story in Dark Matter has substantial differences in plot and character motivation ...
List Of Musical Instruments By Hornbostel-Sachs Number - Instruments That Do Not Fit Into Any of The Above Five Categories - Hydraulophones
... Sachs numbers describe instruments that make sound from matter in its solid state ... fourth HS number describes instruments that make sound from matter in its gaseous state (air) ... instruments have been invented, designed, and made, that make sound from matter in its liquid state ...
Krayzie - Style and Technique
... Bone's subject matter has both spiritual and occult undertones (e.g ... At first, their subject matter was almost always exclusively about violence, death and smoking marijuana ... Today, however, their subject matter includes other topics such as urban socio-political issues, positive messages, their old friend and mentor Eazy-E and religion ...
Matter Of Rome
... According to the medieval poet Jean Bodel, the Matter of Rome was the literary cycle made up of Greek and Roman mythology, together with episodes from the history of classical antiquity, focusing on ... Bodel divided all the literary cycles he knew best into the Matter of Britain, the Matter of France and the Matter of Rome (although "non-cyclical" romance also existed) ... The Matter of Rome also included what is referred to as the Matter of Troy, consisting of romances and other texts based on the Trojan War and its aftereffects, including ...

More definitions of "matter":

  • (noun): Some situation or event that is thought about.
    Example: "It is a matter for the police"
    Synonyms: topic, subject, issue
  • (noun): A vaguely specified concern.
    Synonyms: affair, thing
  • (noun): A problem.
    Example: "Is anything the matter?"
  • (noun): (used with negation) having consequence.
    Example: "They were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
  • (verb): Have weight; have import, carry weight.
    Example: "It does not matter much"
    Synonyms: count, weigh
  • (noun): That which has mass and occupies space.
    Example: "An atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter"
    Synonyms: substance

Famous quotes containing the word matter:

    No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936)

    The quickness with which all the “stuff” from childhood can reduce adult siblings to kids again underscores the strong and complex connections between brothers and sisters.... It doesn’t seem to matter how much time has elapsed or how far we’ve traveled. Our brothers and sisters bring us face to face with our former selves and remind us how intricately bound up we are in each other’s lives.
    Jane Mersky Leder (20th century)

    It seems to me that upbringings have themes. The parents set the theme, either explicitly or implicitly, and the children pick it up, sometimes accurately and sometimes not so accurately.... The theme may be “Our family has a distinguished heritage that you must live up to” or “No matter what happens, we are fortunate to be together in this lovely corner of the earth” or “We have worked hard so that you can have the opportunities we didn’t have.”
    Calvin Trillin (20th century)